Faculty and Staff

Faculty


 
Alireza Bayat, PhD, PEng
Director, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Bayat has an extensive background in geotechnical engineering, specifically in the area of trenchless technologies. His expertise has led him to focus his research with CETT on Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Pilot-tube Micro Tunneling (PTMT), and Underground Infrastructure Condition Assessment.

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The following Faculties are closely involved with CETT

  Roger Cheng, PhD, PEng
Chair of Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Cheng is an expert in pipeline monitoring and specializes in the area of structural stability, fracture, and fatigue. His experience contributes significantly to the research conducted by CETT.

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  Dave Chan, PhD, PEng
Professor, Geotechnical Engineering

Dr. Chan is an internationally recognized expert in numerical modeling for geotechnical applications focusing on soil deformation and flow characteristics. His expertise greatly compliments CETT’s research and developments. 

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  Simaan AbouRizk, PhD, PEng
Professor, Construction Engineering and Management
NSERC/Alberta Construction Industry Senior Industrial Research Chair

Dr. AbouRizk's research focuses on developing innovative information technologies for modeling, analyzing, and optimizing operations and construction processes. His experience in risk management in the construction process is integral to CETT’s accomplishments.

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Yasser Mohamed, PhD, PEng
Associate Professor, Construction Engineering and Management

Dr. Mohamed's research interests are concentrated on modeling construction processes using discreet-event simulation techniques. His insight is highly beneficial to CETT’s progress.

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Ming Lu, PhD
Associate Professor, Construction Engineering and Management

Dr. Lu specializes in the areas of operations simulation, project scheduling, surveying-construction integration, and interdisciplinary engineer integration for construction management. Dr. Lu’s research and expertise are valuable to CETT’s research.

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  Leila Hashemian, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Dr. Hashemian specializes in asphalt research and works with CETT on a variety of projects. She provides research assistance and expertise on asphalt and backfilling mixes and is an integral part of CETT.  

 Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Tugce Baser, PhD 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Baser holds a PhD degree in Geotecnical Engineering from the University of California San Diego. Her main research areas include the fundamentals of multi-physics processes, soil borehole thermal energy storage in the subsurface, coupled relationships of thermal and hydraulic properties of unsaturated soils, and horizontal directional drilling. Dr. Baser joined CETT in the summer of 2017.

 

Chao Kang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Chao Kang obtained his BSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering and his MSc in Geological Engineering from Lanzhou University. In 2016 he received his PhD from the University of Alberta, where he focused on numerical model development and field investigations for his thesis. Dr.Kang joined CETT as a PDF in the fall of 2016. He collaborates with students on projects concerning tunnel boring machines, clogging, and horizontal directional drilling.

Past Personnel

 

 Somayeh Nassiri, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Nassiri received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in August, 2011. After helping CETT with numerous projects, Dr. Nassiri moved on to become a faculty member at Washington State University.

 

Leon Gay, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Gay received his PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He joined CETT to apply his expertise in the areas of cured in-place pipe, fiber optic last-mile installation, and condition assessment protocols for sewers. Dr. Gay was a valuable member of CETT's research team from September 2013-2014.


Yolanda Hernandez, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Hernandez became a member of CETT's research team after completing her PhD in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She joined CETT to contribute expertise in the areas of cured in-place pipe, fiber optic last-mile installation, and condition assessment protocols for sewers.


   
  Mahmoud Salimi, PhD
Research Assistant, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Salimi joined CETT as a Research Assistant in the summer of 2014 from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran. He brought years of expertise in the area of mechanical engineering to CETT and provided students with invaluable counselling in research-related activities.

  Yaolin Yi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Engineered Trenchless Technologies

Dr. Yi joined CETT from Southeast University, China, where he received his PhD in 2013. He assisted students with projects concerning horizontal directional drilling, pilot tube microtunneling, and pipe bursting.